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Neil Bokemeier

Neil Bokemeier

Kilimanjaro (Jan/2012!), Glacier National Park, So. Cal., Lake Superior, All over Colorado, Grand Tetons

Neil Bokemeier's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Snowshoeing
Climbing

Neil Bokemeier's Bio

I just love being outside. There is nothing better than getting away from the craziness and noise of the real world for a couple days in the backcountry. I think Muir said it best with,

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

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Neil Bokemeier

Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on February 28, 2012

4 5

I bought this pack for a hike up Kilimanjaro carrying around 15-25 lbs. a day. It worked really well. I liked the adjustability and easy access. I got the L since I am 6'4, and paired it with a medium rain cover from Osprey which fit perfect. One thing I did notice is if you overload the hip pockets it creates a pressure point, so I had to limit these pockets to just a few items. I did enjoy that the side pockets fit a nalgene great and held it very secure. I beat this bag up pretty good this week and it held up great. Looking forward to more short overnights and day trips with it in the future.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on February 22, 2012

5 5

I just bought this after losing my Tikka Plus, and it is way better. At first I thought the red light would be a waste, but it was great when my wife wanted to sleep but I wanted to read in the tent, since I could read and not keep her awake with a bright white light. Lamp has great adjustment and stayed on for 8 hours straight in sub zero temperatures on a recent big hike. Can't beat that for the price.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on February 22, 2012

3 5

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These tablets only take 30 minutes instead of 4 hours to treat water completely and the taste is great. I recently went on a trip to Africa and had these 4 hour tablets and thankfully someone brought extra 30 minute tablets. For similar price, it is worth it to have the quicker working ones. ALSO REMEMBER TO SHAKE SOME WATER OUT AFTER 5 MINUTES! you have to be sure to do this so the seals and edges of the bottle get treated as well.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on February 21, 2012

5 5

I love this hat! I have not found a better hat out there to keep me warm. I HATE when hats are not cut right and bunch up on my neck, I feel it restricts my movement and it is just annoying. I like how this hat is cut with a swoop of material that covers your ears very well without covering your neck. I do notice the material over the ears is so effective at blocking wind it also blocks some noise. I have 2 of these hats I like them so much.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on February 21, 2012

4 5

I really have had some great experiences with this layer. I use it skiing, hiking, and around the house. It is very versatile. The one thing I wish it had was a pocket for when I am using it as my outer layer. Other than that it is great to use as an expedition weight layer for high altitude hikes or I wear it skiing with a dryfit T underneath and my gore-tex coat over the top. I am 6'4" 190 lbs with 36/37 sleeves and I wear the Large and it fits great.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on February 21, 2012

5 5

I bought this Jacket for my Kilimanjaro Hike and it truly delivered. I loved how it compressed down into the interior pocket for easy packing into my pack and double use as a pillow. I am 6'4" and 190 lbs., 36/37 sleeve, (slim) and the XL was the right size for me as it fit over my 5 layers I had on and kept me very warm on a 15 degree F summit night with a strong wind. It doesn't have a lot of extras, but that is actually a plus since it keeps it lighter. I am very happy with this jacket and will be keepign it to use as a layer in winter outings.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on February 21, 2012

5 5

This pad is a must for 4 season camping. I bought the Synmat 9 and really enjoyed the extra length and width since I am 6'4" 190 lbs, and I couldn't fit comfortably on the synmat 7 I bought my wife. The pad is SUPER WARM! First night on our Kilimanjaro trip I sweated really bad since I was fully zipped in my 15 degree bag and it was only 30F outside. After that I slept straight on the pad with my bag just draped over me wearhing shorts and a long sleeve T and was warm even at high camp (15,000 ft). It is a little heavy to carry on a really long trip in the summer if it is warm out, but it is definately my new car camping pad.

It took me about 3 minutes of straight pumping to get the 9 pumped up, and it takes about 1 minute to roll it up. Didn't lose inflation at night one time.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on April 14, 2011

5 5

I love this jacket. It fits great, it is designed great, and it looks great. I have only used it skiing so far, and some small hikes, but it destroyed the wind and light rain I put it through. I really like how the chin guard is lined, and how high up the neck zips to keep me warm when it is windy. I am 6'4" and 195 lbs, with 37" arms, and I got the XL. It has PLENTY of space for a down coat or other layers underneath and has perfect sleeve length. The large would have fit a little tighter, but I wanted longer sleeves, and layering ability.

I got the bonfire color and it is great, not too bright, just right. Love this Jacket. I try to find excuses to wear it whenever I can.

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Neil Bokemeier wrote a review of on March 1, 2011

4 5

This shirt is very cool. I like how light and soft the fabric is, definately not a heavy flannel. The length in the body of the shirt was longer than I had thought it would be. I bought an XL and I am 6'4" 195 lbs, and it comes down over my jean zipper. If it were any longer it would be uncomfortable. If fits good in the shoulders and I am not swimming in it. I really like how the shirt is double sided so when you roll the sleeves up there is a different pattern. Another cool feature is that the sleeve buttons up in a 3/4 position, not a short sleeve position. This is different and looks great.

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